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German measles

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noun Pathology.
  1. rubella.

Origin of German measles

First recorded in 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for german measles

German measles

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) a nontechnical name for rubella
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german measles in Medicine

German measles

(jûrmən)
n.
  1. rubella

german measles in Science

German measles

[jûrmən]
  1. An infectious disease caused by the rubella virus of the genus Rubivirus, characterized by mild fever and skin rash. German measles can cause congenital defects if a woman is exposed during early pregnancy. Also called rubella

german measles in Culture

German measles

An acute and contagious disease, caused by a virus, producing symptoms milder than those usually associated with measles.

Note

German measles can cause severe congenital defects in the developing embryo or fetus of a woman who contracts the disease in her first three months of pregnancy.
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